Posted By RichC on July 1, 2010
I ordered the Glenn Beck audiobook “The Overton Window” a week or so ago, and it finally came in earlier this week. Since I had a few hours of driving on Wednesday, it was a good day to start it. As expected, it is both thought provoking and a bit disturbing. Let’s hope I don’t end up any more cynical about our government after reading this than I already am; I hope it remains a best seller in the fiction category.
Overton Window: The premise for the title comes from Joseph Overton. He “observed that in a given public policy area, such as education, only a relatively narrow range of potential policies will be considered politically acceptable. This "window" of politically acceptable options is primarily defined not by what politicians prefer, but rather by what they believe they can support and still win re-election. In general, then, the window shifts to include different policy options not when ideas change among politicians, but when ideas change in the society that elects them.”
I’m looking forward to finishing it. Here’s a bit of a description from Mackinac Center’s Joseph Lehman.